Banana-maple pancakes come out of the air fryer golden brown, moist, and delicious. They are loaded with "good for you" ingredients like cottage cheese and eggs that provide needed protein and will help keep you feeling full longer. The pancakes also contain oats and flaxseed meal for a whole grain and fiber boost. Bananas provide flavor and sweetness to the pancakes without adding extra sugar. The pancakes cook in the air fryer in 10-15 minutes, and you can make them ahead and reheat the pancakes in the microwave, if you prefer (about a minute at 50 percent power). I like the pancakes topped with plain Greek yogurt and strawberries or other fruit (more bananas?). Enjoy!
Air Fryer Banana-Maple Pancakes -- Makes 4 Pancakes (2-4 servings)
1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese
2 large eggs
2 small bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of quick oats
1 tablespoon of flax seed meal
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of maple extract
Greek yogurt, optional
Fresh fruit, optional
Add the cottage cheese, eggs, and bananas to a medium bowl or measure (I use a quart-size Pyrex measure) and whisk or mix them well. Add the cinnamon, oats, flax seed meal, and maple extract and stir them in until blended. Spritz four mini pie tins (or large ramekins) well with non-stick cooking spray. Divide the pancake mixture evenly among the tins. Put 2-4 of the filled tins in your air fryer basket (depending on the size of the basket), put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the pancakes at 320 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the pancakes from the air fryer to cool for a few minutes and, if necessary, repeat the cooking process with the remaining pancake batter. After letting the pancakes cool in their tins for a few minutes, run a plastic knife around the edges of the tins, then tip the pancakes out and flip them onto a plate. Serve the pancakes plain or topped with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, if you like.